Sea Change

Amazing Skies at Neck Point - a sea change is in the air.

Amazing Skies at Neck Point – a sea change is in the air.

Changing colour in the Trees.

Changing colour in the Trees.

A “sea change” around here usually means that a change in the weather is coming –  most of our weather comes from the direction of the Ocean!  Right now there is a bite in the breeze – the skies are changing – Fall is on its way!

Fall Harvest!  Free Bounty!

Fall Harvest! Free Bounty!

We have really noticed the change in this last weekend.  Leaves are starting to change colour – some are dropping to the ground – and some are simple dying back.  Blackberries are ripening rapidly.  I have already made multiple bottles of jam and a couple of pies – oh I love blackberry pie!  And my freezer is filling up with the free bounty.  This year a friend invited me to pick on her property – the easiest picking I have done in years.

First Blackberry pie of the Season.

First Blackberry pie of the Season.

Chase River was livened up by these beautiful pink spires of colour!

Chase River was livened up by these beautiful pink spires of colour!

We walked at Chase River Estuary, Neck Point and Nanaimo River Regional Park this weekend.  Each one different, but all in the throes of change.  There were very few birds to be seen this weekend.  Crows, a few gulls and of course Canadian Geese – though the geese are starting to head south.  The Estuary was particularly quiet.

As we walked around Neck Point, we saw a gull – with an eating problem – the sea star hanging out of his mouth was bigger than his throat – I am not quite sure what he is going to do about it!

Dinner was a little more than he could handle.

Dinner was a little more than he could handle.

We also saw a couple of seals floating around the rocks in the bays and a very happy squirrel – eating away at a pine cone.  In the small marsh was a large turtle, sunning himself on a log – the lighting and angle were perfect for a wonderful reflection.

IMG_7365IMG_7370In a small hollow there was a little clump of Fall Crocus – a bright beacon in the yellow grasses and grey rocks.

The skies at Neck Point were incredible, clouds piled upon each other, or broken with blue – these were the portents of the fall ahead.

This frog refused to move.  It stayed perfectly still as I moved around it taking a multiple of pictures.

This frog refused to move. It stayed perfectly still as I moved around it taking a multiple of pictures.

At Nanaimo River Regional we saw a couple of frogs, one in the water and one on land.  I am always happy to see the frogs – it means that we live in a very clean environment, frogs are always the first to suffer from pollution.  It was here that I really noticed the leaves changing, as we walked along the pathway, leaves were falling, dancing on the breeze in front of us as we continued along the path.  The White Pine’s were heavy with their large cones – if only the squirrel from neck point had seen these cones – they were almost as big as the squirrel!

Fall in in the air and in the pale blue skies above us!

Fall in in the air and in the pale blue skies above us!

Gleaming Gold as the fabric moves.

Gleaming Gold as the fabric moves.

“Sea Change” also can mean transformation.  And right now I am transforming some yarn and beads into a shawl – one fit to evoke a time and place – one fit for Rock and Roll Royalty!  I am cruising along on the main body of the shawl, it is slow going with beads on more and more stitches on every right side row – this shawl will gleam gold as the wearer moves!

There is energy in this change – I hope that you are ready for an incredible Fall Season!

Happy Walking and Happy Knitting!

Lynette

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Challenging Week

Rhiannon Shawl - center line detail in the back.

Rhiannon Shawl – center line detail in the back.

This has been an interesting week.  It had gone from panic to joy and back to panic again.  Busy doesn’t even begin to encompass the activity level!

Tassel detail - first one - may make some changes.

Tassel detail – first one – may make some changes.

Most of the Angst was around the Rhiannon Project.

The yarn is so much better in person - the colours are deeper, richer, much more mysterious!

The yarn is so much better in person – the colours are deeper, richer, much more mysterious!

First; the yarn got lost in the Mail.  It was eventually found by my ex-postie husband, languishing in the post-office in the carded section – we never got the card and believe me we were watching for the parcel.  Second; Having become suspicious of all things parcel – I checked on the status of the beads!  They too were languishing – but not at the post office – OH NO – they were at Canada Customs – to have the contents reviewed!

Having a parcel checked by Canada Customs is not unusual – it happens quite often with the yarn that Mad About Ewe brings into Canada from the US.  That is the job of Canada Customs.  But as I found out, once the parcel is with Customs it can be held for up to 15 business days.  The young man on the phone was very polite and understanding as I explained my problem with the time issue and how I really needed those beads – I had a deadline!  But the answer was still the same – 15 days!  There was no way to expedite the process!

The Jazzy Shawl is finished - Colinton Mohair produces great results!

The Jazzy Shawl is finished – Colinton Mohair produces great results!

My shawl - the Rhiannon prototype - notice the back - no center line - the shawl swirls to the right - the front won't hang straight - not a problem for me as I can work around it - but not what I wanted for Rhiannon.

My shawl – the Rhiannon prototype – notice the back – no center line – the shawl swirls to the right – the front won’t hang straight – not a problem for me as I can work around it – but not what I wanted for Rhiannon.

The Knitting Gods must have been feeling generous as the beads were released from Canada Customs that same afternoon and arrived the next morning.  Since Wednesday I have been knitting like crazy and I am pleased with the results.  Once the beads arrived my stress level dropped significantly – now I just have the Sept 22 deadline to contend with – deadlines I can handle!  LOL!

While waiting for everything – I finished up the Jazzy Shawl it is now blocked and on display at Mad About Ewe.  I also started a new shawl for myself – though it is sort of the prototype for Rhiannon.  I checked out the start and set up of the lace pattern.  I changed a few things for Rhiannon so the practice time was useful!

I hope that you had a great week!

I will be knitting most of the weekend – a great way to spend the Labour Day long weekend!

Happy Knitting

Lynette

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HELLO!….

Were you looking for me?

Sophie

Sophie

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And Now ….. “Back to our Regularly Scheduled Programing”!

My life was interrupted about 2 weeks ago with the announcement that my brother Shane was getting married.

He and his wife Rhonda and their 16-year-old daughter Jazzy had driven out from Manitoba and arrived just a few days before.  They were staying with my father and the visit was going great.  Shane and Rhonda have been together for 32 years.  They met as teenagers and have never been separated since – they were married by time and life.

My brother Maurice decided to come for a visit as well.  He was flying out from Ontario.  He would be arriving in a few days and staying for a week.

Maurice, Shane and my Dad!

Maurice, Shane and my Dad!

I wasn’t there for this; but the discussion was along the lines of “When were we (the siblings) last all together?”  The answer – My wedding – 18 years ago!  Shane started joking around and commenting that maybe they (he and Rhonda) should get married.  Rhonda looked at him and said maybe they should – and she wasn’t joking!

They called me looking for the name of a Justice of the Peace!  What do I know about JP’s?  A lot more now than I did then! LOL!

For the last two weeks I have been wedding planner, photographer and chief cook and bottle washer!  It was all worth it!  The wedding went beautifully; the weather co-operated, all most everyone who was invited made it; and the bridal family was radiant!

So this last Sunday, Aug 17, ten days after the decision was made, Shane and Rhonda were married in my backyard.  Only family was there, about 20 people but it was a wonderful day.

The Wedding Party at Pipers Lagoon.

The Wedding Party at Pipers Lagoon.

Rhiannon – the Stevie Nicks Project

Rhiannon colourway, Royal purple and Denims!

Rhiannon colourway, Royal purple and Denims!

I am waiting for the arrival of the yarn and beads to start this project!  I will be working with Sexy from the Buffalo Wool Co.  The colourway is called Rhiannon.  I love working with this yarn.  I had an idea of the effect I wanted and Ron Miskin dyed it to my specifications.

24K dipped 8/0 beads

24K dipped 8/0 beads

The crystals for the shawl I already had some and then bought more of from Mad About Ewe.  These are 3mm Czech Crystals, about the size of the 8/0, 24K gold dipped Delica’s that are on the way from Fire Mountain Gems!

2 types of Czech Crystals - the black are hema/gold and the others are clear with gold leaf.

2 types of Czech Crystals – the black are hema/gold and the others are clear with gold leaf.

I am so excited – I can hardly wait to start this project!

Colinton Lace

This picture was taken yesterday - I got more edging knit last night!

This picture was taken yesterday – I got more edging knit last night!

This poor shawl still doesn’t have a proper name!  I love the yarn and the look so far – the yarn is really a pleasure to work with.  The simple pattern on the body show cases the hand-dyed yarn and the subtle colourway that the edging is knit with really allows the lace pattern to shine!

Details.

Details.

Pearls Beyond Price

Vintage knitting books!

Vintage knitting books!

Friends who really know what you like are fabulous!  Yesterday I received an absolutely wonderful gift.  It was totally unexpected and I was so totally wowed!

My friend Susan brought me some Vintage knitting books – lovely old pieces with wonderful pictures.  I especially love the “Service” patterns.

I am so stoked!

I am so stoked!

But the Pearl – the best – was the Swedish Mitten Book, Traditional Patterns from Gotland – the Lark edition – Printed in 1984!  Written by Inger and Ingrid Gottfridsson – it is basically a rewrite of a long out of print book from 1925.  History and pictures and stories about the significance of the patterns used on the sample mittens.  Thank-you Susan!

Happy Life

Lynette

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Super Moon, Stevie Nicks and Dreams

Super Moon across Departure Bay!

Super Moon across Departure Bay!

This last Sunday there was a “Super” Moon.  A moon at its closest orbit around Earth.  It was perfect evening for pictures, clear and balmy.  We went down to Departure Bay and I set up my new tripod with my camera and waited!

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I hope that you enjoy the show!  Watch as the moon comes up over Newcastle Island and the ferry goes by.  I love the brilliant orange ribbon of colour across the bay!

Stevie Nicks is holding a Design Competition.  I think that it is calling my name.  More later.

Dreams – sometimes they can be very demanding!

Happy Dreaming

Lynette

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Koigu Tapestry – Dream Knit

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Dream Knit

Through the sky - lace outlines!

Through the sky – floating on the breeze – lace outlines and shapes are drawn!

A couple of months ago I designed and knit a shawl for Koigu out of their new yarn Koigu Lace. The shawl was for Koigu Book #6.

Koigu Book #6 is now out and I can share the some pictures. Both my pictures and the shots from Koigu’s magazine shoot!!

Koigu Lace is just a bouncy and vibrant for knitting as the original Koigu.

I hope that you like it!

Happy Viewing

Lynette

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Need Some Beach Time?

Gaze across Georgia Straight....

Gaze across Georgia Straight….

This Morning at Piper’s Lagoon was incredible!

Sparkling waters and clear skies!

Sparkling waters and clear skies!

Come for a walk along the beach and around the point at Piper’s Lagoon.  Wander through the long grass along the shore and look up and marvel at the gnarled trunks of the Garry Oaks.

Wander along the rocky edges of the Point under the branches of old Oaks and Arbutus!

Wander along the rocky edges of the Point under the branches of old Oaks and Arbutus!

Gaze across the Georgia Straight and be moved by the beauty of the earth, sea, mountains and sky.  The contrasting colours and textures – the pale blue of the horizon that shades up to the deepest blue of true sky.  The sparking waters, reflecting the light of the sun, gleaming, moving with the wind.  It is a beautiful walk.

Finish off the walk by dancing across the waves on a Butterfly’s Wing.  It will be a wonderful experience!

Enjoy your walk

Lynette

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